Russia Says Evidence Growing Syria Chemical Attack Was Staged

Russia Says Evidence Growing Syria Chemical Attack Was Staged

Russia Says Evidence Growing Syria Chemical Attack Was Staged

An air strike on Tuesday by a US-led coalition fighting Islamic State mistakenly killed 18 members of the Syrian Democratic Forces south of the city of Tabqa, Syria, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said an alleged poison gas attack blamed on his government last week in Idlib province was "100 percent fabrication" used to justify a USA air strike, news agency AFPreported on Thursday.

The entire incident was "fabricated" and "unconvincing", he claimed.

"The west, mainly the United States, is hand in glove with the terrorists", he said in an interview with Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Denouncing a "very barbaric" attack, Trump ordered a strike that saw 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles slam into the airbase in central Syria from where Washington accused Assad's forces of launching the attack. The U.S. says it has images proving the bomb left a crater in a road rather than hitting a building. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 70 people were killed and hundreds more injured, many of them children. It's not clear whether it happened or not, how can you verify a video?

"You have a lot of fake videos now, and you have the proof that those videos were fake, like the White Helmets, for example", he alleged. "We don't know whether the dead children were killed in Khan Sheikhoun, were they dead at all?" he said. "Even if we have them, we wouldn't use them", said the Syrian president.

U.S. military officials said they observed a drone flying over a hospital in Khan Sheikoun that was providing treatment for gas victims.

Lavrov on Friday expressed skepticism about a preliminary investigation conducted by the U.N.'s chemical-weapon watchdog.

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"The Director-General shared with the council the immediate steps taken by technical secretariat experts to analyse the available information and their preliminary assessment that this was a credible allegation", said the United Nations watchdog on chemical weapons.

In the lead up to the government takeover of the rebel-held half of Aleppo last previous year, Human Rights Watch reported on the government's "systematic" use of chlorine gas, marking at least eight incidents in which military helicopters dropped the chemical into residential areas.

"I couldn't believe at the beginning that Assad would use these weapons on his people", he said.

But amid the recent mutual recriminations over Syria, Tillerson demanded that Russian Federation end its support of the Syrian regime following the April 4 chemical weapons attack in the town of Khan Shaykhun. This led to Russian expectations of a fresh start in U.S. -Russia relations in the case of a Trump presidency. Putin's military backing of Assad has been crucial in keeping the regime in power after six years of civil war.

He added that "this outrage is abetted by Russia's continuing efforts to bury the truth and protect the Syrian regime" from consequences of using chemical weapons.

Jonathan Freedland wrote on April 7, "Sometimes the right thing can be done by the wrong person".

First, considering how quickly the decision on the bombardment seems to have been made, it is now confirmed that President Trump makes foreign-policy decisions personally, with limited involvement from experts and the agencies in charge, to say nothing of Congress.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said the meeting sent a "strong message" to Washington. In Washington, Moscow and NY, the Trump administration publicly chastised Mr. Putin.

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